Ma Jolie (Woman with a Zither or Guitar) (1912) by Pablo Picasso

Ma Jolie (Woman with a Zither or Guitar) - Picasso, Pablo - 1912

Artwork Information

TitleMa Jolie (Woman with a Zither or Guitar)
ArtistPablo Picasso
Date1912
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions39 3/8 x 25 3/4 in. (100 x 65.4 cm.)
Current LocationThe Museum of Modern Art, New York
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About Ma Jolie (Woman with a Zither or Guitar)

Pablo Picasso is seen as one of the most influential modern artist of the 20th century, who was born in Spain. He was influenced by all his surroundings, which also lead him to create some of the most astonishing artworks that represent the different art movements such as Cubism, Neoclassicism, Surrealism and Expressionism. One famous artwork of Picasso’s is called “Ma Jolie” Woman With A Zither Or Guitar) which was from 1913. This painting captures a woman on a floral chair alongside with a vase of flowers, with the focal point being Picasso‚Äôs use of facial features, shapes and color combination.

Throughout his life, Picasso had several muses that inspired him for his many other works. He often used certain characteristics about his muses to include in his work to make them feel alive to viewers and be remembered by his audience. In addition to Ma Jolie, another great example is Office Board For The Smith Bros. Coal Co., which was created by artist John Peto in 1879. This artwork showcases two businessmen and it’s said that this painting has been seen to reflect our modern times since it provides an important insight into business culture during this period too. As a result, you can belive how both Ma Jolie and Office Board For The Smith Bros. Coal Co., even though they are very different pieces can still be linked together through capturing what the time period felt like in their own unique way.

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